Scariest movie monster: Michael Myers or Leatherface? | The Tylt
Scariest movie monster: Michael Myers or Leatherface?
Just like a classic movie monster, our Monster Madness bracket is back and bigger than ever. We're pitting 16 heavyweight champions of horror against each other all month long, and you decide who wins the grand prize! Last year, Chucky ran away with the whole thing, toppling Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and Michael Myers for the crown of scariest horror icon ever.
Candyman, Ghostface, Pinhead, Leprechaun, the Babadook, Annabelle, Norman Bates and Pazuzu were all slaughtered in the first round. Still, it's anyone's game—with new contestants Jigsaw, the Creeper and Pennywise eyeing the haunted throne in our second round. Don't forget to cast your vote in our other head-to-head brawls below, and may the scariest monster win! 👻 🎃 😱
Michael Myers, also known as "the Shape" and the Boogeyman, was created by "Halloween" director and horror master John Carpenter. "Halloween" paved the way for future slasher horror films, creating a finely-tuned formula many have followed. The virgin lives, but her sexually active, drug-using friends die upon being stalked by an unstoppable serial killer. "Halloween" has grossed more than $308 million domestically at the box office.
Michael murdered his 17-year-old sister on Halloween when he was a young child. Michael Myers broke out of a mental institution 15 years later to terrorize a babysitter and her friends on Halloween. (Later sequels added more context to the killing spree: Laurie Strode, the babysitter, was actually his estranged sister.)
Dr. Loomis said it best—there was pure evil behind Michael's eyes, and he wasn't joking. Michael Myers has butchered many over the years with his simple weapon of choice. The horror icon popularized the "silent, but deadly" persona before Jason Voorhees was even a twinkle in Pamela Voorhees' eyes.
Check out the history of the "Halloween" franchise via WatchMojo.
Leatherface is one of the first slasher-horror monsters, paving the way for future icons. The character was created by the late Tobe Hooper and co-writer Kim Henkel, first appearing in "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" in 1974. Inspired by real-life serial killer Ed Gein, Leatherface became the standout character of the franchise. The film was so terrifying that it was banned in some countries. Regardless, the low-budget horror flick became an acclaimed hit.
Leatherface is just disturbed. That's his motive. He just wants to carve you up, eat you and wear you. Yes, wear you! He comes from a deranged family of cannibals in the scary and isolated backwoods of Texas. So good luck escaping him and his peeps.
So far, the franchise consists of three sequels to the original film, a retconned sequel to the original film, a reboot, a prequel and another upcoming prequel. The franchise has grossed $199 million domestically at the box office.
Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Leatherface.